Course Category: Testing

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Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures #4: Testing and Analysis

Building on concepts presented during prior sessions, this session discusses approaches for obtaining information on material properties and how to use that information to understand structural capacity following applicable codes and guidelines. Several in situ methods are available for determining masonry mechanical properties including compression and shear strength.…

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Masonry 101 #5: Grout

This lesson provides a comprehensive introduction to grouts and grouting for new masonry construction, especially for those who have little to no experience with masonry but find themselves needing to design or review projects. It describes the purpose of grout for masonry construction, both fine and coarse, as well as conventional and self-consolidating mixes, and desirable properties for all of these.…

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Special Inspection of Structural Masonry Series

Special Inspection of Structural Masonry #9: Testing

This lesson will review common masonry tests and sampling methods as well as when such test may be appropriate and required by the Quality Assurance/Quality Control programs. Common errors in testing will be discussed to try to reduce such errors from being replicated in the future.…

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Construction

Special Inspection of Structural Masonry #5: Grout

This lesson is designed to provide a thorough understanding of grout for new masonry construction, especially as it pertains to the responsibilities of a Special Inspector. It describes the purpose of grout for masonry construction, both fine and coarse, as well as conventional and self-consolidating mixes, and desirable properties for all of these. …

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Masonry Testing 101

Proper testing of masonry products is essential to ensure that materials meet project requirements. There are many mistakes that can be made during product testing, and most of these mistakes can lead to jobs being delayed or stopped, and usually require costly follow-up to determine if there are problems with the resulting construction.…

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Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry

Nondestructive evaluation methods are valuable approaches for evaluating conditions of existing masonry construction without causing damage. Masonry strength can also be measured in place using in situ test methods, without resorting to destructive sample removal for laboratory testing. Methods discussed during this lesson include mortar hardness testing, pulse velocity measurements, surface penetrating radar, infrared thermography, flatjack testing, and in situ shear tests, with special emphasis on applying these methods for diagnosing both historic and modern masonry construction.…

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